New director Merklin takes reins of Adventist Muslim study center

Former mission institute director Lester Merklin assumed his new post December 1 as head of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Global Center for Adventist Muslim Relations. Lester Merklin is the new director of the Adventist Church's Global Center for Adventist Muslim Relations. [photo courtesy Adventist Mission] The center is one of five Global Mission religious study operations by the church's Office of Adventist Mission established to build bridges of understanding between the Adventist Church and major world religions.

Hospitality marks outreach effort in Brazil

Some 600,000 Seventh-day Adventist families in Brazil will share their church's message of hope when they invite their family, friends, coworkers and community members into their homes May 30 for a meal, launching a months-long personal ministry initiative in the region. Homes of Hope, sponsored by the church's South American region, is expected to prep community members for an October regional satellite evangelism series led Mark Finley, a world church general vice president. Participating families receive a DVD featuring a message from Finley and copies of Signs of Hope, a book by Alejandro Bullon, to pass out to their guests

Thousands left homeless after weeks of severe flooding in Brazil

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is providing food baskets to hundreds of vulnerable families in Brazil affected by heavy rainfall and severe flooding in the northeastern part of the country. About 270,000 people were forced to leave their homes and 39 died during weeks of flooding in the region, the BBC reported

Relief work continues for millions affected by India floods

Eight months after floods devastated large areas of northeastern India, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is assisting the region's recovery through livestock replacement programs, water sanitation projects and livelihood development. The worst flooding in the region in 50 years reportedly left 75 dead and millions homeless. ADRA's latest efforts in the Supaul district of northeastern India will begin this month and provide aid to approximately 20,000 families during the 12-month project
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